Annoying pimples and embarrassing blackheads seem to always pop up right before an important event and never seem to completely go away no matter how hard you try. Acne is one of the most annoying skin care issues for women of all ages, and the acne issue is worldwide.
So What Is Acne?
When pores get clogged, pimples, blackheads or whiteheads tend to surface. They most commonly appear on the face, neck, chest, shoulders or back. When your skin produces too much sebum or oil, your dead skin cells stick together and block your pores. And what can make matters even worse, is quite often bacteria will get stuck inside pores, they multiply causing red, swollen, inflamed breakouts or cysts.
Unfortunately, Not Everyone Outgrows Acne
Teenagers are the most common age group that struggles with acne as they go through hormonal changes associated with puberty, but acne is not limited to teenagers only. Often, many women will experience outbreaks of acne during adult stages of hormonal changes such as monthly menstruation cycles, pregnancy, and menopause.
Acne can also be hereditary, so unfortunately if your mom, dad, or other close family members suffered through bouts of acne, chances are pretty good that you are likely to experience issues with acne as well.
Here Are Some Skincare Tips To Help Prevent Acne
* Cleanse – Wash your face morning and night with a cleanser containing salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a key acne-fighting ingredient that exfoliates the skin helping to keep pores clear. After you work out or exercise, you should also take time to freshen up with a facial cleansing cloth. A quick swipe will remove sweat and other impurities.
* Do Not Over Wash – When you have a breakout, the temptation is always there to wash multiple times a day, but in doing so you will dry out your skin, causing it to produce more sebum (or oil) leading to even more outbreaks of acne.
* Protect Your Skin – Wear an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 on a daily basis to help prevent sun damage.
* Moisturize – Even though it might seem unreasonable, even the most acne-ridden faces need moisture. In the evening, apply a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer ( denoting a skin-care product or cosmetic that is specially formulated so as not to cause blocked pores. ) to your face, which will not clog your pores.
If your acne persists and just won’t clear up after two to three months of constant care or you suffer from severe acne, then a visit to a dermatologist might be needed to help you win the battle against acne.
Don’t let acne be a total beauty downer, being your beautiful best and having clean, clear skin is only a few good products and a diligent skincare routine away.